The Arts For All festival continues Saturday in downtown Lawton

LAWTON, Okla. (KSWO) – The Arts For All festival continues in downtown Lawton this weekend at Shepler Park.

There’s entertainment for the whole family, including live music and dancing, food trucks, a vineyard garden, a kids’ craft tent, and other artist booths.

For two years, the festival was canceled due to the coronavirus.

Committee member Kaley Patterson-Dorsey said that because Lawton-Fort Sill is a transient community, the festival provides service members and their families with an opportunity to learn more about the town.

“When they come to a festival like this, they can really interact with the people of Lawton,” Patterson-Dorsey said. “They really get to see what Lawton is talking about. Unity, supporting the artistic community, it’s really important and we are so, so happy to be back. We had many citizens who came to tell us that they were happy that we were back.

Scott Smith is a teacher at the Life Ready Center which hosts the Kids’ Craft Tent, where parents can get kids to work on different projects like magnets, construction paper flower bouquets and Mother’s Day cards.

This year’s theme is Adventures in Art.

“Art gives them different paths to think outside the box and solve problems in a way that standardized testing maybe robs them of, so they can go there, they can make art. They can make very important decisions about their art and give them a sense of belonging,” Smith said.

Smith’s Bandstand will be open again Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

Arts For All supports its member groups including the Lawton Philharmonic Orchestra, Lawton Community Theatre, Lawton Fort Sill Art Council, Wichita Wildlight Photographic Society and Lawton Pro Musica.

The festival will be open on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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David H. Henry